"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” ~Michelangelo, Renaissance sculptor/painter who spent 4 years lying on his back painting Sistine Chapel ceiling
Behind every great achievement are stories of practice, training, discipline and sacrifice.
While ‘excellence' may require commitment, dedication and a sense of purpose, it doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or difficult. Often it’s as simple as having the right tools and knowing how and when to use them.
The Virtues Cards are one of these tools. With regular use, the app allows you to tap into the universal virtues identified in the world’s wisdom and sacred traditions and boost your personal clarity and confidence.
There are many ways to use the Virtues Cards in your daily life.
Having 20/20 vision means you have normal visual clarity and sharpness. In other words, it means you can clearly see at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. So how can we bring ‘20/20 vision’ to 2020 and make the upcoming decade extraordinary?
Well, perhaps start with Idealism.
As the first few lines of the Idealism card say, "Idealism is having a vision of what is possible and wanting to make a difference. It is caring passionately about what is meaningful in life. Idealists see things as they could be and have faith in the power of change. We put our principles into practice.”
If there ever were a time to be idealistic, it is now. What is most important and meaningful for you in your life? What do you envision is possible this month, this year, or this decade? Finally, what difference(s) are you passionate about making?
Some people may think that idealism is only a mindset, but true idealists make change happen. For vision...
A desire to have a life of ‘joy, meaning and purpose’ is a universal component of the human experience. It is the foundation for cultures, ages, genders and religions worldwide.
It’s why Dara started ‘The Heart of Education’ in 2006 (with book of same name) to transform our schools and the systems that support them into environments that embrace the love of learning and help to develop the whole child.
Dave also comes from a place of purpose with a career built around entrepreneurship, economic & community development, and sustainability.
On January 1, 2019 we united and launched Virtues Matter, a mission-based business in partnership with The Virtues Project. with the basic premise - if people develop their virtues, all else will follow.
2019 was a busy year with many teachable moments. Some of our highlights are listed below.
We are grateful for the generosity of support from all our friends, advisors, partners and...
What do the United Nations, the Dalai Lama, and Oprah Winfrey all have in common? Alright, obviously they have a lot in common but, in addition to being universally regarded for positively impacting humanity, they have all endorsed The Virtues Project!
The Virtues Project™ is a global grassroots initiative that began in 1991 to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life, sparking a global revolution of kindness, justice, and integrity in more than 120 countries. Facilitators, Master Facilitators, Champions and Virtues Connections help to empower individuals to live more authentic meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring, and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence, ethics and appreciation in the work place.
The Dalai Lama wrote, “I fully support The Virtues Project which promotes such universal values as love, kindness, justice and service. May you be successful in...
Think of someone you admire as a leader. What characteristics sets them apart and what word(s) would you use to describe them?
Now ask yourself,”How many of these qualities do I possess? Are there some I would like to strengthen?"
At some point in your career (or family or community), you likely will take on a leadership role. Great leaders inspire political movements and social change. They also motivate others to perform, create, and innovate. Leadership is most simply understood as the process of one person getting other people to do something. Whether you’re leading a meeting, a project or a team, you will need to develop an approach based on factors like experience and personality that meets the unique needs of your team and its culture.
So, is there a style that is most effective for leadership? Leadership style refers to characteristic behaviors when directing, motivating, guiding, and managing groups of people. I won’t cover this in detail but familiar ...